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Crime Stoppers April 17: Church burglary and debt card theft

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Suspects police say used stolen debit card Suspects police say used stolen debit card

GARDENDALE CHURCH BURGLARLY: 

Police said between March 9th and 12th, burglars broke into Gardendale Mt. Vernon Methodist Church and stole credit cards, checks and gift cards. 

Two suspects were later seen using the stolen gift cards at an Irondale WalMart. The suspects' pictures are posted to the right of this story.

If you know who they are, contact Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777. Although police can't say for sure that the suspects are the burglars responsible for the church break-in, your tips could help crack the case. 

DEBIT CARD THEFT:

In our second case, a stolen debit card is used at two different locations. Police said March 31st, a female victim was driving some of her friends when they stopped at a gas station in the Crestwood area.

It's the last time she saw her debit card, and police said two suspects used the stolen card at Regions Bank branches in Forestdale and Fairfield. Their pictures are posted to the right of this story. 

They withdrew $360 using the victim's pin number, but police said the victim doesn't recall giving anybody the number. 

"Make sure you know who is in your vehicle," said Sgt. Brian Allison. "These are people that the victim didn't really have a whole lot of contact with. It was a friend of a friend kind of situation."

If you have heard or seen anything that could help in either case, call Crime Stoppers at the contact information listed below.  Remember, all calls are anonymous.  And if your tip leads to an arrest, detectives will give you a cash reward.

TO PROVIDE A TIP ON THE CASE:  You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime at (205) 254-7777.

Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word "CRIMES."  Or if you prefer to send an encrypted tip online, go to www.birminghamcrimestoppers.org and click on the "submit an online tip" link.

No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous.  Each tipster receives a private code number.  If an arrest is made based on an individual's tip, the tipster can use the code number to claim a cash reward.

Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40.  Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.